The New York Times’ obituary described Joe Gores as “a crime writer whose spare, chiseled sentences and deadpan dialogue put him squarely in the Dashiell Hammett tradition. . .”
Although Gores gained a loyal following through his short stories, his 1969 debut novel, A Time of Predators, was named best debut novel by the Mystery Writers of America and earned the organization’s Edgar Allan Poe award in 1970.
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— COAL OIL JIMMY — Two men forced the Santa Fe mail-coach to a stop near Vermejo Stage Station in Colfax County, New Mexico, in October 1871, took the treasure box, and relieved the passengers of their valuables.
James Buckley—better known as Coal Oil Jimmy—and Frank Taylor, who sometimes went by the name Barber, staged a series of stagecoach robberies on the road to Cimarron.
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— RUTHLESS AND RACIST — Just before the hangman slipped a black cap over his face on October 11, 1878, William Preston Longley admitted to killing only eight people, not the thirty-two he bragged about—as though this revised number would help in his salvation.
“I deserved this fate,” he acknowledged in a final goodbye. “It is a debt I have owed for a wild and reckless life…so long, everybody!”
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Erle Stanley Gardner ranks among the most prolific specialists of crime fiction due to his popular alter-ego lawyer-detective Perry Mason.
The fictional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer-sleuth made his debut in a 1933 novel, The Case of the Velvet Claws.
The character appeared in more than 80 novels altogether as well as a radio show, several motion pictures, and a TV show starring Raymond Burr that began in 1957 and […]
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